Veganism is growing in popularity year after year. Not only have international celebrities from Benedict Cumberbatch, Pamela Anderson, to Russell Brand turned to veganism, but Bollywood stars are no slouch with names like Aamir Khan, Kangana Ranaut, Sonam Kapoor, Anushka Sharma in Shraddha Kapoor. swearing by the vegan diet. With role models so popular, it’s no wonder the concept is trending in India like never before.
Veganism is the practice of refraining from using animal products, especially in food, and an individual who follows the diet or philosophy is known as a vegan.
World Vegan Day is celebrated on November 1 each year by vegans around the world. The event was launched in 1994 by the President of the Vegan Society, Louise Wallis, UK, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the organization.
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Veganism is not without its own benefits, as studies have shown that the diet helps lower cholesterol and is good for heart health.
“Whether we are to talk about nutrition, a vegan diet or a non-vegan diet, both can cover almost all nutrition if someone goes the extra mile to choose the right food. But the vegan diet has an added benefit and is recommended. by the American Heart Association in the control of coronary heart disease Vegan food can help lower cholesterol and may help fight cardiovascular disease, “says Chirag Barjatya, nutritionist and founder of the Chirag team.
A person who adopts a vegan diet can eat any plant-based food – vegetables, grains, nuts, fruits. Although dairy products and eggs are not part of the diet, they can be replaced with tofu, almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, rice milk among many other options. .
“When you follow a vegan diet, you tend to consume more legumes, fruits, vegetables and soy products that are high in fiber, antioxidants, potassium, magnesium, folate and vitamins A, C and E ”, explains Barjatya. on the health benefits of going vegan.
Eating vegan can also be helpful for people with allergies to dairy products.
“Some of the population is allergic to dairy products, and when they become vegans they see big changes in their skin and digestive system. Many people have reported better skin, hair and bowel health afterwards. have changed their lifestyle to adopt a vegan diet, ”says Barjatya. .
While many studies say the vegan diet might help with weight loss, Barjatya says you need to look at total calorie intake and not rely on vegan foods specifically for weight loss.
“Vegan food doesn’t necessarily help you lose weight because it is more about your total calorie intake. If you eat more than you need, you will gain weight regardless of the type of diet,” concludes the nutritionist.
On the occasion of World Vegan Day, Barjatya also shares a delicious vegan recipe.
Moong Dal Dhokla
70g Moong Dal, Yellow
5g desi ghee
Salt and other spices
Ginger garlic paste, green pepper paste and Eno
* Wash and soak the moong dal in water for 2-3 hours
* Add this soaked dal, salt, ginger garlic paste, green chili paste and a little water to a mixing pot to mix a smooth paste.
* Add water if necessary to achieve a smooth consistency (i.e. the consistency of cake batter)
* Add a pinch of Eno, whisk a little
* Grease the thali with ghee, add the paste in it
* Now steam this dhokla thali for about 15-20 minutes in a pressure cooker
* Cut in pieces
* Serve for yourself and enjoy
Carbohydrates: 42 g
Fat: 5.84 g
Protein: 16.80 g
Total calories: 287.76 kcal
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